Glass, wood or metal ? Square or round? Shelves or drawers? High or low? With so many options, choosing the right side table can be daunting. So we’ve created some simple guidelines to help you get the casting right.
First, let’s tackle one of the most important considerations: height. Ideally, a side table should be equal to or just below the arm of the seat it’s next to. Not only does it create a nice visual flow in the room, the table is within easy reach for setting a drink down or turning on a lamp. Standard sofa arm heights can range between 24 and 32 inches, so get out your measuring tape.
For armless side chairs, you can opt for a shorter side table, such as a Garden Seat, or choose a table height where the arms would normally sit. Tables with graduated heights, such as a nesting table or stepped table, may defy the convention. The lower tier typically sits below the arm height and is easily accessible, so these tables generally work at any height. (Plus, they offer multi-tasking versatility in a family room.)
If you’re already on the hunt, you know there are a dizzying array of shapes and styles out there, so it can be hard to settle on a look. When in doubt, it helps to think in terms of adding contrast to a room. Take a look at your existing furniture. Do you have a lot of upholstered pieces or bold patterns? You might want to offset the soft edges and visual texture with a more clean, streamlined design, such as our Decorative Glass Side Table.
If your aesthetic slants modern, you probably have a lot of leggy pieces in your room, so go with something more chunky and ornate. Our Side Table helps ground the seating and adds a bit of curviness to break up the straight angles.
And speaking of round tables, they’re the perfect shape for bringing balance to a square room with so many boxy pieces. You can rarely go wrong with a round shape. However, square tables tend to offer more surface space for a lamp and other accessories, so think about what you’ll put on top. Square side tables are also a natural fit tucked into corners or flanking a sofa and chair at a right angle.
Storage & Function:
You’ll want to make sure the functionality of the table you choose is tailored to your needs. If you think you need extra storage space for remotes, games, tablets, books or magazines, look for a table with drawers or open shelves.
So how many side tables does one room need, anyway? Well, it depends on the amount of seating you have and the size of your space. Generally speaking, we think every seat should have its own side table or share one with another seat. And sofas always look great with a side table at either end.
Whatever side table you end up with, we know you’ll love the finishing touch and polish it adds to your room.
A sculptural metal base elevates a slab of glass as thick and rippled as a block of ice, inviting light to pass through it and skim its surface, transforming it throughout the day. Created to the exacting specifications of master glass designer, each table is a work of art and highlights the process of cast glass crafted by skilled artisans. The fluid nature of molten glass makes each creation uniquely one of a kind.